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Is the BJP dangerous? Show more Show less

Founded in 1950, modern India is a federal parliamentary democratic republic, with 28 states and 8 union territories. At the 2019 election, almost 614 million people voted, a record 67.1% voter turn out. The Bharativa Janata Party (BJP) was re-elected with a single-party majority, the first since 1971 to do so. With its alliance partners in the National Democratic Alliance, it won 353 of the 543 seats in the lower house or Lok Sabha. Since then many have speculated that the BJP is creating a dangerous political and social environment.

No, the Bharativa Janata Party (BJP) is not dangerous Show more Show less

The BJP has been demonised by the international media. This is unjust as it has done many positive things as well as not being an outlier internationally.
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If the BJP were dangerous, they would have been voted out

For the world’s largest democracy, BJP is not dangerous: if it is perceived as such it will be voted out at the next election.
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BJP India democracy

Context

The Argument

With a population of 1.3 billion and an electorate of around 900 million in 2019, India is the world's largest democracy. For all its faults and flaws, this democratic system stands in marked contrast to the democratic failures of Pakistan and Bangladesh, which were part of India until 1947.[1] In the year following the 2019 election, Modi’s government lost several of the state elections.[2] Modi’s “about-turn in just 12 months, from poll-sweeping leader worshipped by his supporters to publicly proclaimed hate-mongerer destroying the foundations of the Indian republic, was one of the most dramatic developments of 2019.”[3] There are increasing protests against Modi’s agenda, with banners decrying the links between Nazism and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a right-wing Hindu nationalist organisation in which Modi once served as a full-time worker.[3] The democratic process ensures that the BJP, although an all-powerful national entity, does not hold a monopoly on India’s political landscape.[2] The Indian people are able to make their voices heard and if they believe the BJP is dangerous they will be voted out at the next election.

Counter arguments

BJP-supported police crackdowns and organised Hindu right-wing mobilisation could threaten the democratic process.[3]

Framing

Premises

[P1] India is a democracy. [P2] The people can make up their own minds about whether the BJP are dangerous.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] Modi's regime could compromise democracy in India.

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References

  1. http://www.rogerdarlington.me.uk/Indianpoliticalsystem.html
  2. https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/bad-news-bjp-delhi-turns-its-back-modi
  3. https://www.france24.com/en/20191224-the-best-of-times-the-worst-of-times-for-india-s-modi

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